There are several dog breeds a person has to choose from and one of the smaller dogs in the entire species list includes the Cockapoo. The Cockapoo is considered a highly intelligent dog with a mix of poodle and cocker spaniel characteristics. You will find the Cockapoo dog breed weighs at most nineteen pounds and as little as six. They also only reach a height of fourteen or fifteen inches. The Cockapoo is often white, cream, tan or a combination of these colors.
It helps you recognize the breeds when you see them in public because they are rarely any other color. You will also find the coat or hair on the dog is very wavy, almost curly. The coat is a soft, but dense coat to help keep them warm and make them soft. You will find the temperament of the Cockapoo makes a wonderful pet.
Some dogs have aggressive sides or they tend not to be the best companions for families. The Cockapoo dog breed is the opposite. They are very intelligent, affectionate, and often very loyal. You will find that this type of dog likes to please the owner, and spend a lot of energy in play. They will also make a fine lap dog during nap hours.
You will find they don't mind little children and often have fun with other dogs. You don't want to leave a child unsupervised because their high energy can make them a little too rowdy at times. While it is not a breed recognized by the American dog association because it is a mix of poodle and cocker spaniel they are still becoming a widely accepted breed to have around the home. You may even wish to study up on both of those breeds to figure out where the temperament can be derived. Both the poodle and cocker spaniel tend to be more aggressive, which makes training at a young age for the Cockapoo imperative.
While they don't usually display aggression training can have a lot to do with that. Training should be handled properly. It is important that you seek either a breeder to help you or a training school.
They take to training really well, but you do need to learn how to handle the dog breed. When training a Cockapoo you have to have a firm hand, but a gentle voice. They don't respond to anger or impatience as their nature is more loving and affectionate.
Upset tones will make them unhappy. Care is very important with every dog breed you choose. It will depend on the type of dog how much time you will need to spend grooming as well as exercising them. For the Cockapoo you will need to brush them once a day for the best results. Their hair can get very tangled and dirty when they play. You will find that small shedding may occur, but typically they don't shed.
During the grooming process you will need to attend to their nails at least once a year. If you are unsure about the grooming aspects you can visit a pet store with grooming facilities to find out more about the care required. As for exercise they are very active. If you don't have a yard for them to play in everyday you will need to walk them. You will also want to have play times with plenty of toys to avoid boredom.
You will also need to monitor how much they eat. Unlike some dog breeds that you can leave a bowl of food out for a few days the Cockapoo tends to overeat. You should have a regime for feeding your Cockapoo daily and stick with it.
This will help with overeating issues.
Gerry Ronson runs the sites Dog Treats, Dog and Dog Training Equipment.